Newsletter | November 16, 2023
Is our civilization on the edge of the abyss? Pro-Hamas protests in Washington, London, Berlin, and other Western capitals suggest that the defenders of liberty are outnumbered. The British police admit they choose to harass aging war veterans and patriots because the teeming anti-British masses on the other side are too many for them. U.S. Capitol Police recently learned what a real violent insurrection looks like when members of its force were sent to the hospital after leftist mobs laid siege to Democratic National Committee headquarters.
Why have so many deranged activists taken to the streets? They’re calling for a ceasefire because they seek peace, right? No, they want to protect the terror organization that slaughtered 1400 people October 7, including 30 Americans, and took 240 hostages, among whom are more than a dozen U.S. citizens.
At the same time, scores of social media influencers have taken to TikTok, an instrument of Chinese intelligence services, to comment on Osama bin Laden’s recently rediscovered “Letter to America” explaining why he ordered the 9/11 attacks that killed 3000 people more than twenty years ago. What do these young Westerners, some of whom were born after the attacks, say about bin Laden? They say maybe he had a point.
How did we get to this place? It seems like it happened overnight. And indeed, in the context of the long history of our country and the ancient principles derived from the Greeks and Hebrews that guided our founding, it was fast. It took only a few decades before our leadership class began to lose the plot.
Perhaps most significant were the wars in the Middle East. Washington and its allies showed that it had neither a plan nor the will to win. The West became acclimated not only to losing but to spending the lives of its citizens cheaply. Republicans and Democrats alike transferred not only our manufacturing base but also our wealth to the Chinese Communist Party. Our political and corporate elites drove down American wages by opening our borders to the world. The same happened in Europe, too. It can hardly come as any surprise that so many who fill Western cities and universities with their pro-terror chants are among those who were welcomed by our ruling classes without the consent of the citizens that employ them.
It is because the ruling establishment pulled down the pillars of Western civilization that so many of the pro-terror protestors, the bin Laden sympathizers, are our own sons and daughters. They’ve succumbed to moral despair, confusing lies with truth, falsity with nature, and good with evil. They’re not the majority — they’re a small band of corrupted elites.
And now it’s up to us, to restore our nation and the civilization it embodies, a culture of liberty, courage, and moral clarity. We rebuild from the ground up, faith, family, community. Stand strong and resolve to restore America.
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Xi Van Fleet says her newly published book Mao’s America: A Survivor’s Warning was written to wake up Americans to the encroaching danger of “woke culture” — it poses a threat to our liberties as serious as communism itself.
Xi was born in China, lived through the Cultural Revolution, and was sent to work in the countryside at the age of 16. After Mao’s death, she was able to go to college to study English and has lived in the United States since 1986.
In 2021, she delivered a school board speech in Loudoun County, Virginia against Critical Race Theory that went viral and ignited national conservative media attention. She now devotes her time and energy full time to warning about the parallels between Mao’s Cultural Revolution in China and what’s unfolding in America today. Since going public with her message, Xi Van Fleet has appeared on Fox News, Newsmax, and radio shows and podcasts across the country.
What was your first impression when you came to America?
I was amazed to find out that on any given issue there were various opinions in America. This was foreign to me because I was so used to one opinion and one voice, which was the line of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). But today free speech is dying, and America looks more and more like the CCP’s China.
When did you start to recognize similarities between the Cultural Revolution and what is happening in America today?
As early as the 1990’s, I started to notice that political correctness became very invasive. More and more people complied and began to censor themselves. It reminded me of living in Mao’s China.
What made you decide to take a public stand to defend the American way of life?
Although I had been seeing alarming signs of the infiltration of Marxist ideologies, the turning point for me was 2020 when the radical BLMers and Antifa took over our cities and streets. It was clear to me that the alarming signs have turned into a full-blown Marxist Cultural Revolution. That was when I decided to take a public stand to speak up by warning Americans that history is repeating.
How do you explain to people who don’t keep up with current events that we are living at a dangerous time in American history?
I tell American people that Wokeism is the American version of the Cultural Revolution. I know it because I lived through one in China. This revolution has one goal: to destroy America and our freedom.
What is your prayer for America?
Americans need to wake up and take action to defend our freedom before it is too late. That’s exactly why I wrote Mao’s America: A Survivor’s Warning.
Editor’s Note: To read other Speaking With American Patriots interviews, please click here.
On Tuesday, November 14, 2023, America’s Future filed an Amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in Brandt, et al., v Tim Griffin, in his official capacity as Arkansas Attorney General (AG), et al., Dkt. No. 23-2681, a case regarding the constitutionality of Arkansas’s Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act.
The SAFE ACT prohibits physicians and other licensed professionals from rendering gender transition medical treatment to any individual under 18 years old, including disfiguring gender-altering surgeries. It also forbids prescribing cross-hormone drugs to minors that are used to artificially draw out physical features of the opposite gender, as well hormone-blocking drugs used to prevent the onset of puberty. It was codified into law in April 2021, after the Arkansas state legislature voted to override a veto by then Governor Asa Hutchinson.
As discussed in the brief, almost immediately after passage, the SAFE Act was challenged in federal court by “a coalition of plaintiffs, including physicians wishing to perform ‘gender transition’ procedures for profit, and minor plaintiffs believing themselves to be ‘transgender,’ whose parents sued on their behalf as ‘first friends.’” The lower court held in favor of the plaintiffs – appellees, ruling that the Act violates the Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection Clause for discriminating on the basis of sex and discriminating against transgender people; that the Act violates due process of law for infringing on the “fundamental liberty interest” of the minor plaintiffs’ parents in directing the medical treatment of their children; and it violates the First Amendment Free Speech Clause by preventing doctors from giving referrals.
The lower court wrongly decreed that the SAFE Act is unconstitutional and its reasoning, as described in the brief, was “schizophrenic,” “hostile to religion,” “inconsistent,” “unscientific,” and in pursuit of a political agenda,
In accord with the dominant political narrative of the cult of ‘transgenderism,’ the district court found no constitutionally permissible justification for Arkansas to protect its children, none of whom are capable of giving their informed consent, from radical treatments from monetarily incentivized physicians. The district court sought to build on a handful of narrow, hotly disputed judicial decisions to break new constitutional ground, oblivious to the way in which its decision would result in both the destruction of the lives of individual children and the undermining of the foundations of our nation.
Our brief makes clear that the lower court’s holding is untenable and plainly incompatible with the law, not to mention science and morality. Not only does the lower court aim to usurp the authority of the duly elected state legislative branch, but it also calls for “federal courts [to] believe that, whenever a case raises any issue related to ‘sex’ or ‘gender,’ the equal protection and due process clauses are sufficiently elastic to provide them constitutional cover to reach whatever outcome that they may personally prefer. They do not.”
To provide additional insight for this court to consider when reviewing the lower court’s decision, we frame the issues, as follow:
Did the Framers and ratifiers of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868 craft the equal protection and due process clauses to empower federal judges to override state legislatures acting to prevent physicians from enriching themselves by impairing the sexual and physical development of boys and girls through the normal endocrine maturation process, as well as by castrating boys and removing the healthy breasts of girls, and in other ways by permanently mutilating, disfiguring, and rendering untold numbers of children reproductively sterile?
We, at America’s Future, urge the Eighth Circuit to reverse the lower court’s decision and confirm that Arkansas’s SAFE Act is lawful, just as the duly elected state legislators intended.
Editor’s Note: To read all of our Amicus briefs, please visit our Law & Policy page.
Change occurs when people are aware, informed, and mobilized to take action. Now, more than ever before, every citizen in every community in every state across the nation should take heed of the dire need to protect children trafficked and exploited. Shining a spotlight on this issue is the November 15th release of Shared Hope International’s state-by-state Report Cards on Child and Youth Sex Trafficking, revealing that more than half of U.S. states have failing grades when it comes to laws addressing child and youth sex trafficking.
America’s Future is on the frontline in helping drive positive change for states with its Get In The Fight nationwide campaign, raising awareness and educating citizens to end the war on children in this country. Hundreds of people attended the Florida summit and training programs when America’s Future launched the initiative in August. Registration for Michigan’s campaign, scheduled for December 8 and 9, is ongoing. Several other states, including Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas are in the pipeline for 2024, with additional states stepping forward.
A unique educational online resource that America’s Future provides as part of each state’s campaign material is an online centralized library of state and local laws, local hotlines, their state’s sex offender registry and much more. The model, which also incorporates federal laws, is a first-of-its-kind digital knowledge center. Law students with licensed, veteran attorneys’ oversight conduct the research. This robust online tool allows residents to study and learn the laws in their state and get involved in the legislative process. Readers can view the Florida Information Resource Library here.
If you or an organization you are affiliated with are interested in coordinating a Get In The Fight campaign in your state, please email Lisa MacDonald, America’s Future Director of Strategic Planning and Development, at [email protected].
Lessons to be Learned from the Two Trump Impeachments
This is the fourteenth entry in our IN FOCUS section examining the impeachment power to help give readers a historical and constitutional context to this political process. To access previous articles, please click here.
In 2019 and 2021, Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives, thereby becoming the third president to be impeached (as Nixon had resigned before House impeachment), and the only president to be twice impeached. House Democrats have thus demonstrated that they have no qualms about impeaching Republicans. On the other hand, earlier this week House Republicans have shown that they do not have the political will even to impeach a Cabinet Member against whom the case for impeachment is compelling.
On November 13, 2023, Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) obtained a House vote on her resolution to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas — a Biden official who has thumbed his nose at Congress while leaving the border open to all comers. Eight House Republicans apparently believed that the charges against Mayorkas were not supported as they voted to refer the matter to a Committee for further study. The “no votes” were: Reps. Ken Buck (R-CO), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Tom McClintock (R-CA), former Acting Speaker Patrick McHenry (R-NC), John Duarte (R-CA), Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Cliff Bentz (R-OR), and Mike Turner (R-OH). On top of that, a dozen Republicans did not bother to vote on the measure.
There are now 221 House Republicans, but almost 10 percent of them do not care that the number of aliens who have entered illegally into the country under the Biden Administration now exceeds the population of at least 22 states. Their reticence reminds us of former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) who called Democrats “the evil party” and Republicans “the stupid party.”
Democrat attacks on our 45th president began before he was inaugurated, continued during his presidency and have only intensified after he left office. Since March 30, 2023, President Trump has been indicted four times: state charges of falsifying business records by leftist Democrat Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr.; federal charges relating to mishandling of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago brought in Florida by Biden partisan Jack Smith; federal charges relating to overturning the 2020 election brought in the District of Columbia, also by Jack Smith; and state charges by leftist Democrat Fulton County District Attorney Fanni Willis.
With that pattern in mind, let’s go back and see how Congressional Democrats treated Donald Trump as President. The first impeachment was in December 2019, in an obvious attempt to damage Trump’s 2020 re-election chances. H. Res. 755, was introduced by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), asserting two articles of impeachment. The first alleged “abuse of power” in Trump asking the Ukrainian government to investigate actions by Vice President Biden; the second alleged “obstruction of Congress” for withholding information from Congress. The House voted 230 to 197 to impeach on the first article, and 229 to 198 on the second, with no Republicans supporting impeachment. The Senate acquitted on both: 52-48 for acquittal on the “abuse of power” charge, and 53-47 on the “obstruction of Congress” charges. The only Republican Senator to vote to convict was Mitt Romney (R-UT), and only on Article I.
The Democrats impeached Trump again on January 11, 2021, just nine days before his term ended. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) introduced H. Res. 24 containing just one article of impeachment which dealt solely with Trump’s January 6, 2021 speech. That article accused Trump of “inciting violence against the Government of the United States,” in that he made “false claims that ‘we won this election,’” having stated “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore,” and asserting that some of those who heard the comments then engaged in a struggle with police and an incursion into the Capitol building. No other statements or actions were alleged.
Thus, the entire article of impeachment revolved around Trump’s political statements. In context, Trump’s comments clearly regarded fighting for election integrity, not trespassing on Capitol grounds. In asking supporters at his rally to go to the Capitol, Trump admonished the crowd to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard” — a statement that was, for some reason, left out of the article of impeachment.
This time, six more Republicans voted in favor of impeachment. The Senate vote was 57-43, still well short of the required two-thirds to convict and remove Trump from office. Seven Republicans voted to convict: Richard Burr (R-NC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and Pat Toomey (R-PA).
What lessons for today can Americans draw from the twin Trump impeachments? We suggest there are at least two.
1. Facts Do Not Matter to Democrats or Rinos.
Recall that President Trump was first impeached for asking Ukraine to look into Biden having compelled the Ukrainian government to stop investigating Burisma — his son’s benefactor. Now that House Republicans have unearthed evidence that the Biden family’s corrupt business dealings are much worse than could ever have been imagined, what is to be done? No Democrats or Rinos seem to care in the least: none are calling for Biden’s impeachment, or even an investigation. Rather, they have circled the wagons. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) calls the House inquiry an “epic flop of an investigation.”
An epic flop? Really? In January 2018, Biden himself bragged that as Vice President in 2015, he had blackmailed the Ukrainian government into firing top prosecutor Viktor Shokin with threats to withhold $1 billion in U.S. aid. “‘I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,’ Biden told the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018. ‘Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.’” And why was Biden so insistent that Viktor Shokin be fired? Shokin has explained: “[Then-Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko] understood and so did Vice President Biden that had I continued to oversee the Burisma investigation, we would have found the facts about the corrupt activities that they were engaging in. That included both Hunter Biden and Devon Archer and others.”
We now know that Trump had valid reason to ask Ukraine to investigate the Bidens’ business dealings. Thus, in a demonstration of poetic justice, the same facts on which Trump’s 2019 impeachment was fraudulently based actually justify impeaching Biden.
2. Impeachments Should Not Be Based on Speeches.
The second lesson is that Presidents should not be impeached for their words. As Rep. Jim Jordan pointed out during Trump’s second impeachment trial:
[t]he First Amendment argument [made by Democrats against Trump] is very dangerous.… The president is engaged in constitutionally protected speech – speech that is protected by the First Amendment, the very document … that we take the oath to uphold and they’re going to try to impeach him for that.
If Trump’s call to “fight like hell” for election integrity is an impeachable offense, what about Senator Charles Schumer(D-NY), who threatened Justice Brett Kavanaugh? “I want to tell you Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price. You won’t know what hit you,” Schumer threatened. He was almost right. On June 8, 2022, a man was arrested outside of Kavanaugh’s home with a “small arsenal,” and admitted he had planned to kill Justice Kavanaugh. By the Democrat standards of the 2021 impeachment, Chuck Schumer has also committed “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Consider the inflammatory rhetoric generally used by Democrats. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) threatened “widespread civil unrest” if Trump fired special counsel Robert Mueller. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) defended widespread looting and arson in Los Angeles during the Rodney King trial in 2002, amazingly defending mob crime not as “rioting” (bad), but as “insurrection” (good)! Numerous Democrats have also called for supporters to “fight like hell,” including January 6 committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD).
Each of these statements, including Trump’s, are protected by the First Amendment. None of them constitute “high crimes and misdemeanors.” None should be the basis for an impeachment.
Editor’s Note: To read the articles in this series, please click here.
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